We stayed here a family of two adults and one child from 22nd to the 27th December and booked a Cosmos holiday.
Location is perfect in a forest in the middle of nowhere,sledge run at back of hotel snow covered trees everywhere looks like Narnia. We stayed in a room pretty basic has a mezzanine floor for kids to sleep in (very steep stairs) a shower(good pressure) and maids cleaned everyday if you wanted (changed towels and made bed). There were no tea or coffee making facilities we took our own kettle. A drying cupboard for your snow suits. It was full board and the food was sometimes ok sometimes not the Gala dinner was not Gala. Breakfast was cereal,toast,ham and cheeses or some burnt streaky bacon and beans. Lunch was a bit hit and miss as was dinner. It was basically food to fill you up lots of potatoes always a soup and bread plus another dish spag Bol etc. Always tea and coffee at meal times aswell as the infamous berry juice. Bar prices were dear as you would expect. The hotel staff were very helpful whenever needed.
The cosmos reps actively encouraged people to sign up for the extra excursions which were a bit pricey. We had tasters of snowmobile driving ( pretty good) husky rides a little quick and reindeer rides (blink and you missed it) as well as a visit to santas summer house and santas village.
We payed to do the extra snowmobile rides(more for adults) and the snow village (interesting). These two came to the total same price as doing the reindeer ride which was very expensive.
I felt most of the cosmos reps were a bit disinterested once Xmas day was over and on the extra excursions I felt they wanted to be anywhere but there. Although having said that Elspeth always made you feel welcome and nothing was too much.
We had an amazing Xmas inspite of the food, the setting and the experience will never be forgotten. Just seeing the childrens faces when they see Santa irons out any problems you have. We loved every bit of it from building a snowman to riding sledges and seeing reindeer walking out of the forest.
My advice would be to take plenty of snack food crisps,cereal bars and a kettle. Be prepared to be very tired and don't expect too much from the food.
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